For people who want to live healthier and achieve more there is Microsoft Band. Reach your health and fitness goals by tracking your heart rate, exercise, calorie burn, and sleep quality, and be productive with email, text, and calendar alerts on your wrist.
The overall design goal was to make the Band One a thin, uniform band that is a simple, physical manifestation of the Microsoft brand. It’s not a watch and not just a fitness tracker - it’s a wearable that is deceptively simple that will fit anyone and has the power to deliver an extraordinary amount of data when you need it.
Band One is considered by industry experts to be Microsoft’s most ambitious product release of recent time. Because of the amount and fidelity of data that Microsoft hoped to ascertain from this advanced new wearable, innovative design and state of the art ergonomic solutions had to be implemented to achieve these lofty goals and achieve mainstream adoption.
Among almost a dozen sensors built into this tiny device are a GPS receiver, a TFT touch display, microphone, ambient light sensor, pedometer, three-axis gyro sensor, thermometer, three-axis accelerometer, optical heart rate sensor, UV sensor and a 48 hour battery life.
The Band One was designed to fit all wrist sizes, ambitiously offering three sizes with a premium latch and release adjustment system. Because of non-watch orientation of information, the screen was designed to be worn on the inside of the wrist.
To design the first of its category for Microsoft, a multi-phase design ‘ground up’ exploration was initiated that included: blue sky concept development, ergonomic testing, 3-d prototyping, mechanical latch design, component distribution exercises, design styling and refinement, high resolution physical prototyping and detail refinement.
Band One set the stage for Microsoft’s incredibly successful venture into the wearable health and fitness market.